The Los Angeles Angels rallied to win the last two games of the four game set against the Chicago White Sox. It was a series that matched two teams that are not playing very well overall. The Angels tossed Jason Vargas to the mound against Jake Peavy of the White Sox. Vargas has been a model of inconsistency this season, throwing a complete game shutout one start and giving up several runs to the Houston Astros the next. The potential is there for him to help carry this team.
Vargas is a very good pitcher and possibly good enough to be considered better than good. His stuff is good enough to shutout anyone but when he doesn’t have the goods, he gives up a few. Jered Weaver will be a big addition to the Angels when he returns from the disabled list but the starting rotation will get a big boost from Vargas as well if he can keep pitching the way he has in the last two starts.
Quality starts are very important right now. It’s around this time of the season that managers begin to take stock of their bullpen and try to get them rested up or at least lessen their workload if possible. The Angels certainly could use that and there is no better way than seven scoreless innings. Offensively they are improving but once again the best way to support a slowly improving offense is with outings like Vargas had today. If he can continue that and put the team on his back once every five days it will go a long way towards improving the Angels as a whole.